University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Eric Thrailkill

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Eric Thrailkill

Eric Thrailkill
Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • B.S. Arizona State University, 2006
  • M.S. Utah State University, 2007
  • Ph.D. Utah State University, 2013
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Room: 454


My research focuses on basic mechanisms of learning and behavioral regulation that are related to public health issues, such as substance abuse, obesity, and anxiety disorders. I am interested in extending what we know about extinction, and other inhibitory processes related to relapse after therapy, to more complex behavioral models of reward procurement and consumption. Other interests include associative and temporal structures in Pavlovian and instrumental learning, drug self-administration, and contextual control of memory.

Representative Publications

  • Thrailkill, E. A., & Shahan T. A. (2012). Resistance to change and relapse of observing. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 97, 279-302.
  • Podlesnik, C. A., Thrailkill, E. A., & Shahan, T. A. (2012). Differential reinforcement and resistance to change of divided attention performance. Learning & Behavior, 40, 158-169.
  • Podlesnik, C. A., Jimenez-Gomez, C., Thrailkill, E. A., & Shahan, T. A. (2011). Temporal context, preference, and resistance to change. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 96, 191-213.
  • Barker, D. J., Sanabria, F., Lasswell, A., Thrailkill, E. A., Pawlak, A. P., & Killeen, P. R. (2010). Bright light as a practical aversive stimulus for the albino rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 214, 402-408.
  • Sanabria, F., Thrailkill, E. A., & Killeen, P. R. (2009). Timing with opportunity cost: Concurrent schedules improve peak timing. Learning & Behavior, 37, 217-229.
  • Sanabria, F., & Thrailkill, E. (2009). Pigeons (Columba livia) approach Nash Equilibrium in Experimental Matching Pennies Competitions. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 91, 169-183.
  • Killeen, P. R., Posadas-Sanchez, D., Johansen, E. B. & Thrailkill, E. A. (2009). Progressive ratio schedules of reinforcement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35, 35-50.
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